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William (Bill) Charles Brown

William (Bill) Charles Brown
  • November 6, 1933 - September 2, 2017
  • Los Angeles, California

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“To the entire Brown family Bill will be sorely missed, all around great guy loved family and friends, with high priorites placed on both,may he rest...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Robert&Barbara Brown - Raytown, MO

“Bill,You were loved by so many, because you were so easy to love. I will miss hearing your kind, gentle and reassuring voice. Love,Carolyn...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Carolyn Robinson-Brown - CA

“My Loving Uncle Bill, words cannot express how much I'm going to miss you. I remember when I was 15 years old and you selected me to model for one...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Jim, Carolyn and entire Brown Family:I have wonderful memories of Bill Brown, from various family gatherings and holidays. On behalf of my late...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Leslie Supkoff - Santa Monica, CA


5 of 12 | Posted by: Lori Brown-Dunn - Chatsworth, CA

“I wiil miss the special times we spent together. The many stage plays and musicals at the Music Center. My one and only trip to Paris, where we...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Losing a loved one is never easy, but our loving God promises to give the strength and courage you'll need to endure, and to cope with the pain of...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so glad that I was able to spend the memorable time at family gatherings when I saw Cousin Bill. The Brown saying, "Family is Forever" rings...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Theresa McBrooks - Sacramento, CA

“It is very painful and sad to say Good Buy to a wonderful man, Mr. Bill Brown.I was fortunate in my life to know and interact with Bill Brown - he...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Rita Okopnik - Studio City, CA

“Bill was a delight to know and to work with for the many years that we both were at UCLA. I know that he will be missed greatly, particularly by the...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Karen van Boemel - Kenwood, CA

“Uncle Bill's Celebration of Life. What a renaissance man and Visionary in the land of vision. Bill was such a special person. I think the first...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Jacques Raphael - Belleview, FL

“On behalf of Marguerite J Brooks (Aunt Marguerite) and family, we express our sincere condolences to the entire family and friends on the loss of our...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Aaron Michael Brown - Barnesville, GA


William Charles Brown, known as TGUB (The Great Uncle Bill) to many, was larger than life and a constant source of inspiration to those around him. The eldest of William Charles Brown Sr. & Georgia Elizabeth Brown's nine children, Bill Brown was born on November 6, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the epitome of his mother's wish for her children and grandchildren, embracing the importance of education and integrity as he became a true Renaissance Man.

He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and attended the University of Kansas City, Arts Program. He was an excellent student, performed in college plays, and led both the French and Spanish clubs on campus. His exemplary talents were quickly recognized on a national level when he became a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, which provided a select group of students at the top of their class complete scholarships to attend graduate school anywhere in the country. As one of only 159 men and women in the US and Canada, he was the only recipient in the Kansas City area. He considered several options and eventually set his sights on University of California, Los Angeles with plans to teach art & design after graduating.

As a designer, illustrator, creative director, he developed visual communications for ABC, CBS, NBC, Infiniti Division of Nissan Motors, Westinghouse Broadcasting, The Los Angeles Music Center, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Warner Brothers. Bill Brown's work has appeared in Art Direction, Print Magazine, Print Regional Design Annual, The Los Angeles Art Directors Annual, The Hollywood Television and Radio Society, The Society of Art Center Alumni, u&lc, and Idea International Advertising Art. The AIGA Design Annual, Graphis Packaging, and Graphis Design Annual have also published his work. He was a well-renowned Graphic Designer both in and out of the classroom for decades, through his retirement from UCLA in 1999. In 2007, he received the Master Graphic Design Award.

On September 2, 2017, we lost a true mentor and light in our lives. Bill Brown will be remembered by his passion for traveling, learning, and loving those around him. He inspired everyone to pursue and achieve their dreams while supporting them every step along the way. His lasting impression on all who knew him is one that is timeless and infinite with a love beyond measure.

Bill's celebration of life will commence Monday, September 11th at 12:30 pm at Forest Lawn Mortuary in Hollywood.